50th Annual Macon County 2015 GEMBOREE :: Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26 :: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

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Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

Historic Rickman Store is open Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located on Cowee Creek Rd. Stop by for a tour of the store, refreshments, and possibly listen to local musicians in the afternoon. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Gem City Forum Toastmasters will hold its weekly meeting on Tuesday, starting promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the Drake Education Center on the corner of 210 Phillips St. and Carolina Mountain Rd. in Franklin. Guests are always welcome to learn how Toastmasters Clubs develop leadership and speaking abilities, and increase communication skills. Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club serves WNC, West of Asheville, and NE Georgia. See us on the web at: http://gemcityforum.org/wpblog/.

Learn how to make greeting cards at the Macon County Senior Services Center Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Do you need affordable health insurance? Will you owe the fee for no insurance in 2015? On Thursday, July 23, from 10 to 3 p.m. at the Macon County Library, Mountain Projects will be on hand to answer questions about obtaining affordable health insurance outside open enrollment and applying for an exemption to avoid the fee, which is the greater of 2% of your household income or $325 per person in 2015. This assistance is free. For more information, call Cynthia in Macon County at (828)400-4177 or toll-free (800)627-1548.

Greenway Gathering “I Want to Canoe and Where’s a Good Launching Site” will be held on Thursday, July 23, 10 a.m. at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St. Dennis Desmond, Land and Easement Stewardship Coordinator, Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will provide an overview of canoe access points along the Little Tennessee River and discuss challenges and opportunities for the river as its popularity increases.

Cowee Textiles in Franklin Fiber Day will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2 to 5 p.m. Bring your spinning, weaving, rug hooking, knitting or any textile related project to spend the afternoon at 51 Cowee School Dr. in Franklin. The school is also open to visitors during this time. For more information, call or e-mail Teresa Bouchonnet (828)349-3878 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or www.coweetextiles.com

Green Family Reunion will be held Sunday, July 26, at Louisa Chapel Methodist Church. The 11 a.m. service will consist of singing by the church choir along with other family members. Lunch will start at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Diabetic Support Group will meet Monday, July 27, 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, contact Kim Watkins (828)524-8411.

Smith Hill Temporary Road Closure will begin on Monday, July 27, 8 a.m. Smith Hill will be closed to all through traffic 0.74 miles from intersection of SR 1306 (Smith Hill Rd.) and SR 1308 (Poplar Cove Rd.) The detour route will be SR 1308 to SR 1304. Residents will be allowed to use SR 1306 to access their homes up to the barricades at the bridge. The closure of this section of SR 1306 is necessary in order to replace the existing bridge with a new concrete bridge. Barricades will be placed on SR 1306 on both ends of the bridge project. All are encouraged to drive with caution and obey the posted speed limits. For questions, contact David Moore or Trent Anderson at (828)321-5061.

North and South Jackson County Republicans will meet on Monday, July 27, at Ryan’s in Sylva. 6 p.m. to eat, and 6:30 p.m. to meet. Speakers will be attorney Leo Phillips, vice chairman of the Cherokee County Republican Party and co-treasurer of the Republican Party District 11, and Hunter Murphy candidate for N.C. judgeship. Republicans and unaffiliated voters are invited to attend. For Jackson County GOP information, call Ralph Slaughter at (828)743-6491 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Like us on Facebook at Jackson County Republican Party.

Sustainable Mountain Living Communities Free Gardening class "Growing Native Medicinals," will be held on Monday, July 27, 6 p.m. at Clayton Municipal Complex, Highway 76 West. Jackie Hollman, market gardener with Simply Homegrown Farmers' Market, will discuss native medicinal plants and offer ideas about their cultivation and use in traditional medicine. She will have a supply of plants for sale following the workshop. For information, contact (706)782-7978 or Facebook/smlcinc.

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on July 29. Meet at Salali Lane at 8 a..m. Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd. For more information, call (828)524-5234.

Take a Trip on a Transit Bus to Margaret Mitchell’s House in Atlanta, Ga. on July 30. Register at Macon County Senior Services Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Deadline to bring in Service Photos of Veterans for the MCAA Veteran’s Portrait Program is extended to July 30. Photos should be accompanied by a one-two paragraph service biography of the veteran and contact information so we can get the photos back to family members. Portraits will be displayed in Uptown Gallery (30 W Main St, Franklin) the week before Veterans Day and presented to the families on Veterans Day.

The 164th Siler Family Reunion for the descendants of Weimar Siler and Margaret Rafferty will meet on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Macon County Middle School in Franklin. Business includes election of a new vice president, report of the venue committee and a motion regarding meeting logistics. The meeting begins at noon with a potluck luncheon, but most people arrive around 11 a.m. to catch up with their cousins. For more information on the Siler family, visit www.silerdescendants.org.

Southwestern Officials Association is seeking applications in football and basketball for officials on the middle school, junior varsity and varsity levels from the upcoming school year across Western North Carolina. Experience is preferred but not required. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, contact Curtis Lambert, Regional Supervisor of Officials, P.O. Box 66, Dillsboro, NC 28725, (828)226-0061 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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